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Saturday, 17 June 2017

New Release & Giveaway: Trade Me Vol. 1


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Gen Ryan ~ Randi Perrin ~ Laura N. Andrews

Title: Trade Me, Volume 1-3
Genre: Gay Romance
Release Date: June 17, 2017
Cover Designer: Soxsational Cover Art



What happens when red-hot mechanics find the men of their dreams? 

With strong happily ever afters, meet three couples in Fix You, Wreck You, and Forever You as these gorgeous men embark on their relationship, and sometime personal, journeys of self-discovery and love. 

600 pages of escapism wrapped up in so many delicious sexy words.


🔧Fix You by Gen Ryan
Maxwell Craver pretends his entire life to be someone he’s not. It used to be easier to lie to himself and to everyone who cared for him until Jason Lewis comes along and changes everything. For the first time, Maxwell thinks that maybe he can finally be his true self.

Jason Lewis has always been open about his sexuality. When he hires Maxwell to restore his new car, their connection and heat are instant. By agreeing to help him overcome his fears, Jason vows to fix him, even if it means breaking his own heart.

🛠Wreck You by Randi Perrin
Mechanic for Hard and Fast, Mike Davis has an intense crush on the parts delivery driver, Blake. For the sake of the business, he keeps his distance, not acting on his wanton desires. What Mike doesn’t realize is Blake is crushing equally as hard on him.

Just as love and life appear to take shape for Mike, his old demons take hold and drag him under, leaving him spiraling out of control.

Will Blake push Mike further into the abyss or will he be the one to finally pull him free?

🔩Forever You by Laura N. Andrews
Matthew Price travels across the country to join his twin sister in Brooklyn. As an openly gay man who appreciates casual flings, the last thing he expects is to meet the man of his dreams.

Benjamin Stokes has always considered himself straight. When he hires Matthew to work at his garage and finds himself captivated, his sexuality comes into question.

From the moment they meet, their sexual desires grow fierce. Will they discover a deeper connection than just the physical? 

Friday, 16 June 2017

Cover Reveal & Preorder: Breaking Away by Megan Lowe


Author: Megan Lowe
Title: Breaking Away
Series: Rocking Racers, Book 3
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Release Date: August 5, 2017
Cover Designer: Claire Smith

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To the outside world, Mav Ryan is living the dream. With a high profile and successful FMX career, it’s something Mav knows a million guys would kill to have. But not him. He yearns for something different, something more.

Aubrey James has had enough of bad boys to last a lifetime. When her brother, Josh, brings home the heavily tattooed definition of a bad boy, Mav, she wants nothing to do with him. It's not until a shadow from Aubrey’s past threatens her future, that to her surprise, Mav steps in.

But can he fight her demons as well as his own? Or will Mav realise that sometimes breaking away can lead to finding your home?


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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

New Release & Giveaway: By the Book by Maria Vickers

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Author: Maria Vickers
Title: By the Book
Genre: Gay Romance
Release Date: June 14th
Cover Designer: T.E. Black Designs
Editor: Shana Vanterpool
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Joshua Dayton met the man of his dreams as a sophomore in high school—his mentor and biology teacher, Mr. Cayden. Fearing his love would be considered forbidden and rejected, he ran away to college, determined to move on and forget. Three years later, he is summoned home and comes face to face with the man he tried to leave in the past. The same man he never stopped loving.

Samuel Cayden was looking for a fresh start and an escape. What he was not expecting was to develop feelings for his student, Joshua. Yet when the boy returns home a man, Samuel can no longer pretend the pull between them doesn’t exist.

Will the student become the teacher, showing Samuel how to open his heart? Will Samuel be able to prove to Joshua that things are not always what they appear? Or will the spark fizzle before it has a chance to ignite?

It’s time they got a lesson in love and temptation.
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Maria Vickers currently lives in St. Louis, MO with her pug, Spencer Tracy. She has always had a passion for writing, and after she became disabled, she decided to use writing as her escape. 

She has learned a lot about life and herself after becoming sick. One of the things she has learned and lives by is, life is about what you make of it. You have to live it to the fullest no matter the circumstances. 
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I’ve always loved books. Not only creating stories but reading them as well. Books transport me, and when I was younger, I would run into walls because I refused to put my books down even for a second. Take not, walking while reading is not advised. LOL. 

With my books, I dream of sharing my stories with the world. I want others to be transported or to feel the emotions my characters feel. That is my goal. If I can do that for one person, I succeeded. 

Getting sick changed me and my life, but it also opened doors that I thought were closed. Today, even though I may not be able to do as much as I once could, I still have my mind, and I can write. 
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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Blog Tour, Author Guest Post, Giveaway: Damage Control by Eva King


Author: Eva King
Title: Damage Control
Release Date: May 27, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Cover Designer: Claire Smith

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Recovering from a broken relationship, Emma Mitchell moves in with her best friend. Her life is quiet and uneventful, just how she likes it. Little does she know that the events of the following months will change her life forever.

Famous Hollywood actor James McNair is a renowned womaniser with a penchant for partying and hitting the tabloids for all the wrong reasons. When a night of partying a little too hard means he finally has to take stock and reevaluate his lifestyle, a week away from the flashing lights of Hollywood is just what he needs. What better place to hide than in his childhood home in Edinburgh, Scotland?

When the old friends are reunited, feelings resurface and sparks fly. But James must keep the pretence of his new persona until the premier of his biggest film in his career. He just has no idea if he'll be able to keep his feelings for Emma under wraps until then.

Sometimes it takes more than damage control to find a happily ever after.



What inspired me to write Damage Control
by Eva King

I can confess that I didn’t always want to be a writer. When I was younger, my dream was to be a teacher, to mould young minds and for them to love the classics--Romeo and Juliet, Little Women--as much as I did. But things don’t tend to happen the way you planned.

Even though I’ve always been a reader, I started writing after I read Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer. I was completely captivated by the love story, and when I read how she wrote the book with young children like me, I was inspired. If she could do it, so could I. The only difference was that I didn’t have a college degree.

The first novel I wrote ended up in the bin. I hated the main character, and let’s face it, it was utter crap. But it didn’t stop me. Just imagining my own world, the characters... created a monster in me that needed more. 

I went to the library and borrowed Stephen King’s On Writing, which I ended up buying. Here I learned that he didn’t become a best seller overnight, that he started by writing short stories. So I followed his steps, by writing a couple of stories--not the drinking--which were refused for being “Pulp Fiction”.

I didn’t want to write a classic or a masterpiece. I wanted to write something that I enjoyed reading and hopefully other people would too.

Finally a group of authors in Goodreads joined up and we wrote stories, providing every bit of royalties to charity. I didn’t get my name known or make any money of it,  but I learned a lot from other authors, which I still consider friends.

I started writing Damage Control when I saw the cover of The Times magazine, with Ryan Gosling. It made me wonder who was his first love, crush...that’s how James McNair was born. Out of curiosity.

I can’t say it was easy, it wasn’t. Everyone I spoke to, advised to plan the character, plan the scenarios. But I couldn’t. Planning in advance didn’t work for me.

The story would come to me by sitting in front of the computer, not before.

There were times where I would feel like what I was writing wasn’t worth it. That my lack of a degree showed in my words, so I left it for a while. Hidden in the depths of the computer, gathering fictional dust.

After reading Slammed by Colleen Hoover, she managed to write a whole novel after school clubs. It gave me hope.

So, I revived Damage Control, this time writing Emma’s point of view.

My main problem was writing on a Notebook, I needed to be connected online to be able to use Word. Leaving nighttimes, when everyone at home was asleep, to write.

That’s when I discovered that E L James, the author from Fifty Shades of Grey, wrote her novel on her Blackberry phone. I saved for what seemed like an eternity and bought a smart phone.

Thanks to this, I managed to finish Damage Control on my way to work, typing relentlessly on the phone until it was done.

Now, I’m not saying it wasn’t hard work. Nobody told me that writing a book was going to be easy, but I didn’t imagine it was going to be so hard. I suppose this is why most people call it an accomplishment. To me it was an achievement, a way to show that everything is possible if I worked hard enough.

Now that I’ve finished, I can’t wait to start another one.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Audio A No Go: An Aussie Woe


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Audio A No Go: An Aussie Woe
by Becky "Bex" Johnson

With audiobook sales on the increase and the rapid growth of Audible membership, it’s no wonder publishers and independent authors are keen to bring their books to life.

Companies such as US-based ACX, an audio production specialist, enable authors to convert their published works to audiobooks with an accessible step-by-step production process. With three basic payment and distribution options, the most desirable for many self-published authors and small publishing houses being a royalty share, ACX have made the possibility of bringing books to audio affordable.

Unless, that is, you live in Australia.

Without a US or UK address, tax IDs, and bank accounts, ACX is not available to authors and publishers. They also do not have plans in the near future to make it available to international customers.

In Australia, this leaves audio rights holders flummoxed and at an impasse for available and cost-effective solutions.

While producers, agents, and actors in Australia are available and provide impressive services to audio rights holders, the cost implications are, as expected, intimidating.

With an average recording and production cost of AU$6,975 +GST for just a 60,000-word novel (information provided by Magic Studios), rights holders are backing away slowly. As with every aspect of publishing, there are no guarantees of sales.

Author Max Henry shares the reality. “I can't afford the outlay on a gamble that I'll get it back.” The publishing game is costly, and with the desire to publish in every available format, it seems without the correct address or a surplus of funds, some options are more attainable than others.

“If we had access to things like ACX, where you can find voice actors and not pay crazy amounts by being able to do royalty splits, it'd be so much easier to produce them without having to sell a kidney.” New Zealand author, Ariadne Wayne, sums up the pinch many authors are feeling.

So the frustration will continue, while readers will be unable to access creative works from their favourite authors.

There is a genuine call for services with similar production offers and capabilities as the ACX to be made available to Australians. We can but hope that a national company sees the potential and makes it happen, or at least the ACX makes itself available to all.

First published in RT Book Reviews

Saturday, 10 June 2017

New Release & Giveaway: Taming a Jackaroo


Title: Taming a Jackaroo
Genre: Aussie Cowboy Romance
Release Date: June 10, 2017
Cover Designer: Claire Smith

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City girl and serial non-dater, Affrica Clarke travels to Boulia, Australia, to investigate the environmental impacts of the local mining company. Unless she proves herself and wins that promotion, she’ll lose so much more than a pay rise. Yet everything goes wrong the moment she lands in the outback. With no research equipment, only skimpy clothes packed by her best friend to help her score a date, and a tight deadline to submit her report, she’s screwed. So when a sexy cowboy offers to play chauffeur, she’s all over it. But she’s there to shut down the mining activities, not fawn over the guy who’s supporting them, no matter how sizzling the attraction between them.

Billionaire jackaroo, Sam Preston tempts fate as an adrenaline junkie, living each day as if it were his last. Angry and wounded, he’s in town to sell his cattle ranch to the local mining company and be done with his past—until he meets hapless city-chick Affrica, who has no clue about surviving in the desert. Sam doesn’t know how to stop being a daredevil even though Affrica reminds him of the happiness he once had.

Can Sam let go of the past before he loses the one person who's finally breathed new life into him, or is it not possible to truly tame a jackaroo?


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